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May 20, 1988 | By JOE O'DOWD, Daily News Staff Writer
The "flaming bandit" struck again. For the eighth time in the past week, a convenience store was robbed early this morning by a man armed with what police said was a flaming Molotov cocktail. The latest robbery occurred shortly before 2 a.m. at store on Frankford Avenue near Cumberland Street. A man walked in, waved a Molotov cocktail with a two-foot flaming wick, and demanded money from the clerk. He then fled with about $50, without trying to set anything on fire. Detective Lt. Thomas Hasson said the man, wearing some type of mask and carrying either a pipe or crowbar, has pulled seven other robberies in a similar fashion in Northeast Philadelphia and Kensington since last Thursday.
NEWS
June 30, 1994 | By Ilene R. Prusher, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It could be a post-graduation prank gone too far, or a disgruntled student who has been watching far too much war coverage on CNN. Either way, the Molotov cocktail that was thrown at the principal's window at Great Valley High School over the weekend could have burned down part of the school, and is not being treated as run-of-the-mill vandalism. The perpetrator first hurled a rock, shattering a large pane in Principal Levi Wingard's office. Next came a bottle, filled with a flammable substance, which bounced off the window and did not make it into the building.
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December 15, 2005 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Kensington clubhouse of the Warlocks motorcycle gang was firebombed with a Molotov cocktail early yesterday morning, police said. "The Warlocks have plenty of enemies," said Lt. Jim Miller of the East Detective Division. "This is a case where we don't have a lack of suspects; we have too many. " Three Warlocks - the youngest in his 40s and the oldest in his 60s - told police they didn't know who would target them. Although the clubhouse at 1867 Frankford Ave. was not damaged extensively, swarms of investigators showed up from the Police Department, the Fire Marshal's Office, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
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May 20, 1988 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven robberies committed at service stations and convenience stores during the last week appear to be the work of the same man, who in six of the holdups demanded money while brandishing a lighted Molotov cocktail, detectives said yesterday. All seven robberies occurred in the early morning hours and were committed by a man who wore a stocking mask or ski mask, detectives said. Varying amounts of money were taken. The first robbery occurred at 2 a.m. on May 12 at an Atlantic station in the 700 block of Adams Avenue, where the robber used a knife.
NEWS
September 15, 1995 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / RON TARVER
A molotov cocktail was tossed into a house yesterday in the 1700 block of West Ontario Street in Tioga, critically injuring the occupant. Justin Hill, 18, was taken to Temple University Hospital with smoke inhalation and extensive burns. The fire spread along front porches to three other houses. John Lester Brown Sr., sitting across from the scene, was in his home when the bomb hit the house next to his.
NEWS
July 26, 1990 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Molotov cocktail was thrown early yesterday at the Wild Wild West hoagie shop in Southwest Philadelphia, the scene of continued protests and a boycott campaign stemming from the killing of a black man by a Korean shopkeeper. The firebomb - a Gatorade bottle with a brown paper wick - caused only minor damage and no injuries. No arrests had been made yesterday. Police said they would now maintain a 24-hour presence at the store at 52d Street and Kingsessing Avenue. The store owner, Yung Chang, 58, has asked for a temporary restraining order to stop the pickets from interfering with his business.
NEWS
March 2, 2006 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A fast-moving fire that devoured one rowhouse and spread to four others this week in East Frankford was ignited by a Molotov cocktail that authorities believe was retaliation for a slaying last week. Early Tuesday morning, firefighters fought an intense blaze that erupted at 5234 Duffield St. and quickly spread to the other houses about 3 a.m. A witness told police that a Molotov cocktail had been thrown at the house, and officials, after detecting an accelerant, ruled it arson.
SPORTS
July 3, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
A Cincinnati-area woman was arrested after allegedly making a Molotov cocktail and planning to toss it at Reds shortstop Barry Larkin. Larina Lewis, 26, was arrested Monday night when authorities discovered rudimentary bomb-making materials in her home in Over-the-Rhine, just north of Cincinnati. The Reds said Larkin does not know the woman, and her motive was not immediately clear. Lewis is charged with a misdemeanor for possessing the bomb materials. She was taken to the Hamilton County (Ohio)
NEWS
November 17, 2003
I'M NOT sure what union hall or Third World nation letter-writer Charles Murphy's version of "democracy in action" hails from, but I beg to differ. It's been a while since my last political-science course, but events such as a misfiring Molotov cocktail, stalking and harassing a candidate's wife and attacking volunteers with a 2-by-4 don't sound like democracy to me. And as far as "visiting" fans deserving what they get for holding a pep rally - here's a news flash: Philadelphia residents are the "home" team.
NEWS
April 27, 1987 | By JACK McGUIRE, Daily News Staff Writer
A South Philadelphia man was shot and mortally wounded by police yesterday after he turned on them with a knife, authorities said. Police said William White, 44, of Tasker Street near 4th, was gunned down at 5:53 p.m. a short distance from his home as he lunged at two officers who had responded to a complaint that he spit in the face of a neighborhood boy and threatened him with a knife. Minutes earlier, White, who also was armed with a length of metal pipe, had dropped a Molotov cocktail from a second-floor window of his residence onto the sidewalk as two 4th District officers knocked at his front door, police said.
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October 21, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Growing up in Mount Airy, Alex Baker never knew why his family had moved from the narrow, two-story brick rowhouse on Heather Road in Folcroft, where he was born. Then, when he was in eighth grade, Baker stumbled across a box in his basement filled with newspaper clippings from 1963, the year before his birth, when the Bakers became the first black family to move into an all-white, working-class development in Folcroft called Delmar Village. He read for the first time about the angry mob that swelled to 1,500 while his parents, Horace and Sarah Baker, tried to enter their new home, how the rioters chanted "Two, four, six, eight - we don't want to integrate!"
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May 25, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The real question concerning the Phillies is no longer what will happen to them this season. That much is pretty clear. They needed a lot to go right in order to contend again, and a whole lot more has gone wrong. They needed to catch lightning in a bottle one more time, and instead the season has turned into a Molotov cocktail that will explode in their hands sooner than later. No, the question that matters now is what the organization is going to do about the team now that the gods of baseball have made it clear there will be no storybook ending to the great run of the last seven years, a span that saw the best sustained baseball in the 130-year history of the franchise.
NEWS
October 17, 2012
The facade of a South Philadelphia house was damaged early Tuesday when two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the house, the Philadelphia Fire Department said. Emergency personnel responded to a call at 2:13 a.m. on the 500 block of Mifflin Street, Executive Chief Richard Davison said Tuesday. One Molotov cocktail had hit the door and ignited, while the other shattered a window but did not ignite. Firefighters controlled the blaze a few minutes later, he said, and no one was injured. Residents were still staying in the house despite the shattered front window, a charred door, and a strong odor of gas outside.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
IT WASN'T that long ago that federal ATF agents spent most of their time tramping through places like Appalachia smelling out illegal stills. They were the "revenuers" of story and song, chasing rumrunners down Thunder Road. But in recent years, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives got heavily into arson investigation, and it was due largely to the activities of agents in Philadelphia. Like Walt Wasyluk. Walt always considered the Santiago firebombing case of Oct. 5, 1975, to be one of the highlights of his career as an ATF special agent.
NEWS
November 12, 2011 | By Terry Collins, Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. - Citing a strain on crime-fighting resources, police officers pleaded with Occupy Oakland protesters Friday to leave their encampment at the City Hall plaza where a man was shot and killed the night before. The shooting took place the same day a 35-year-old military veteran apparently shot himself to death in a tent at a Burlington, Vt., Occupy encampment. And in Salt Lake City, police said a man found dead inside his tent at an encampment of protesters likely died from a combination of drugs and carbon monoxide poisoning.
NEWS
July 8, 2011 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ever so slowly, construction workers are erasing the physical reminders of the night last December when a Molotov cocktail landed on Stanbridge Street in Norristown. Walls and porches have been rebuilt and new appliances installed in several of the 10 houses damaged by fire and smoke when members of a fledgling arm of the Bloods gang allegedly came seeking vengeance. No amount of repairs, though, can make Sandy Orth forget. The house belonging to her parents, Raymond and Mary Bibbo, was destroyed.
NEWS
July 7, 2011 | By Kristin E. Holmes, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ever so slowly, construction workers are erasing the physical reminders of the night last December when a Molotov cocktail landed on Stanbridge Street in Norristown. Walls and porches have been rebuilt and new appliances installed in several of the 10 houses damaged by fire and smoke when members of a fledgling arm of the Bloods gang allegedly came seeking vengeance. No amount of repairs, though, can make Sandy Orth forget. The house belonging to her parents, Raymond and Mary Bibbo, was destroyed.
SPORTS
August 1, 2006 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cory Lidle, less than 24 hours removed from his Phillies career, chucked a Molotov cocktail into the Phillies' clubhouse in a teleconference yesterday with New York reporters. First Billy Wagner. Now Lidle. "I'm the kind of player that goes to the field every day expecting to win," Lidle told New York reporters. "Unfortunately, the last few years, I haven't had a clubhouse that expected to win with me. It was almost a coin flip to know if the guys behind me were going to be there to play 100 percent.
NEWS
April 28, 2006 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Despite police initiatives to slow city violence, four particularly violent overnight hours left four dead and two others injured in three separate shootings and a stabbing. The first victim was killed and two others injured Wednesday night in a South Philadelphia pool hall, authorities said. Carlos Ramos Lamos, 25, of the 1000 block of South 11th Street, was shot outside the International Cafe Club in the 600 block of Washington Avenue about 9:55 p.m., said Officer Raul Malveiro, a police spokesman.
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March 2, 2006 | By Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A fast-moving fire that devoured one rowhouse and spread to four others this week in East Frankford was ignited by a Molotov cocktail that authorities believe was retaliation for a slaying last week. Early Tuesday morning, firefighters fought an intense blaze that erupted at 5234 Duffield St. and quickly spread to the other houses about 3 a.m. A witness told police that a Molotov cocktail had been thrown at the house, and officials, after detecting an accelerant, ruled it arson.
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